Category Archives: Sales Skills

Why I want to tell you what to do, but I won’t, even if I know better

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We’ve all been there How many times do we want to tell our clients what to do? After only a few sentences uttered by them we, of course, know immediately what their issue is. We’ve seen it 10s or 100s of times before. It seems so obvious to us what they should do. “If only […]

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Solution versus Product Selling

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Today it is almost impossible to meet a product salesperson in the business-to-business sector. Everyone sells ‘solutions’ hoping they can charge a premium or perform some miracle that will instantly differentiate them from their competitors. And management – often ignorant of the subtle differences between selling products or services and selling solutions – become frustrated […]

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Getting prospects to talk to you

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Do you take time to really think about why you are calling a prospect or a client?  Do you reflect on how effective you have been post the call? Making prospecting calls to new prospects and existing clients is still one of the most important sales and business development activities you can do on a […]

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The difference between Cheap & Frugal Customers & how to deal with them

Today, many clients whether they are B2B (business) or B2C (consumer) are looking to save money. Why? Times are uncertain, markets and demographics are shifting, there is a wide variety of choice, and it’s much easier for buyers to make product comparisons and compare prices. It is said that we are currently under the influence […]

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Sales Trend 6 – The Sales Curator™

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Sales Trend 6 from the Barrett 12 Sales Trends for 2016 Report is ‘The Sales Curator™’. A new sales capability is required in this information overloaded world. No longer are salespeople seen as the purveyors of information they once were in the 20th century, 21st century salespeople now need to be experts at sifting and […]

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Why everybody benefits from knowing how to prospect

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Every business needs to prospect for new clients and customers, even non salespeople often need to reignite past business relationships and form new ones, internally or externally. You don’t need to be the primary salesperson or business development manager to be required to prospect well. Any call you make to another person whose attention you […]

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Does your sales force match what you are selling?

One size does not fit all when it comes to building the right type of sales force for what you are selling; yet many professionals treat selling as a homogeneous skill set, expecting salespeople to be able to sell anything. Or another fatal mistake is to assume that industry experience and knowledge alone is all […]

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Survival of the Adaptive P2: Develop a well-informed sales force

This series of ‘Survival of the Adaptive’ articles will look at the key things we need to do as sales teams to contend with the many changes afoot in our 21st century world and market place. Part 2 is all about developing a well-informed sales force A decade ago, when traditional product-pushing sales were all […]

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Making Persuasive Sales Presentations

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How persuasive are you? Persuasiveness is the power to induce the taking of a course of action or the embracing of a point of view by means of argument or entreaty. One of the mistakes salespeople make when doing sales presentations is their tendency to be more informative than persuasive. That difference is costing companies millions of dollars a […]

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Sales Reporting – Why Bother?

Recently, I met a very impressive young Sales Manager. Let’s call him Sam. Sam knew his sales stuff. He knew what to look for when it came to accurate reporting of sales data. Nothing too complicated. He was conscious of focussing on the key measures and not overloading his sales team with too much reporting […]

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